Minority Democrats Frustrated with Rejected Amendments

As the State Senate today passed a $9.8 billion operating budget with a vote of 16-3, minority Democrats were frustrated many of their amendments were defeated.


Senator Peter Micciche commented…


Sen. Micciche(R-Soldotna): “Well, you know, what’s sort of interesting about the amendment process is these folks sat on sub-committees and I think what you generally do in the minority when you don’t have the votes, you’re largely responsible for increasing budgets for many years, you take the opportunity to talk about other things that aren’t budget-related.”


Sen. Micciche said he was interested in some of the projects, like the Interior Alaska Veteran’s Cemetery, which was discussed in sub-committee…


Sen. Micciche(R-Soldotna): “But what the minority member failed to say is the operational funding would be nice for a cemetery once it’s completed, but it’s not expected to even be completed, in fact they haven’t chosen the land yet, so it would be irresponsible to give operational funding for a cemetery that won’t be operating, and I think most Alaskans would agree with that.”


For more on the budget, read: Operating Budget Passed by Senate.

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